Royals starter Edinson Volquez felt pretty good after tossing three hitless, scoreless innings on Tuesday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Rockies. The right-hander threw 37 pitches, 24 for strikes, notching a pair of strikeouts in what was an easy day of work.
After the game, Volquez gave what might end up being the quote of the year. From Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star:
“I feel sexy right now. You know what happen when I feel sexy, right?”
Thankfully, the question was rhetorical and he didn’t provide the answer to his own question.
Volquez, 32, has had a career rebirth after spending 2014 with the Pirates under the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage. That year, he finished with a 3.04 ERA and followed that up with a 3.55 mark with the Royals last season. He also struck out 155 and walked 72 in 200 1/3 innings, helping the Royals win their first championship since 1985.
Volquez leads a rotation that will also include Yordano Ventura, Ian Kennedy, and Chris Young.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).